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Cats and dogs eyes will make tears - crying - to flush away anything harmful from the eyes. Discharge/fluid is coming out of one or both eyes. Cats and dogs eyes will make tears (crying) to flush away anything harmful from the eyes. If your dog or cat´s eyes are continually irritated, than it will continually produce tears, causing your pet to cry.

How to Recognize

This condition is known as epiphora. Cats and dogs eyes will make tears (crying) to flush away anything harmful from the eyes. If your cat or dog cries continuously, than you should consult a veterinarian to determine the cause.

Causes of Crying

‘Crying’ could be due to the turning in of the eyelid or eyelashes. Common dog breeds this occurs in include Lhasa apsos, cocker spaniels, shelties, dachshunds and miniature poodles.


Symptoms of ‘crying’ include squinting, inflammation, eye discharge and sagging skin around the eye. This may be caused from some type of trauma to the pet’s face, tumors or tear duct obstruction. In order to properly diagnose, the veterinarian must determine the reasoning of the tear production. Other causes of increased tear production include conjunctivitis, allergies and glaucoma. If your cat or dog ‘cries’ continuously it is necessary to consult with a veterinarian to determine the cause of the irritation. Your veterinarian is likely to order an MRI or CT scan to determine the cause.

Treatment for Crying

If there is a blocked duct, the dog will be put under anesthesia as a surgical instrument is placed into the duct in order to flush out the reason for the blockage. In various cases, the blockage is due to an abnormality in the dog’s development. If this is the cause, the duct can be surgically opened successfully. If the cause is due to allergies and/or infections, a flushing may be conducted to assist in widening the ducts.

Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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